Shop Local, Columbus: The 2019 Holiday Shopping Guide

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is kicking off.

This time of year can be so busy, especially once you factor in tracking down the perfect presents for the people who mean the most to you. Sure, you could just hit up Target and Amazon and call it a day, but where’s the fun in that?

Columbus has an amazing variety of local shops offering unique and exciting items. If you want to step up your gift-giving-game, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s start shopping, friends.

For the whole fam

Wow the kiddos with a behind-the-scenes tour at the Columbus Zoo. The whole family will enjoy getting up close and personal with the animals at the zoo and to see what life is like for the zoo staff as well as the animal residents.
Available at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium | $30/person

For the office gift exchange

Office gift exchanges can be tough. But if you’re looking for a people pleaser that will keep you under budget, check out this vintage-style map of Columbus. They’ll love it.
Available at On Paper | $10

For the new professional in your life

Help your loved one make a big splash in the professional world with this incredible leather watch. They’ll be on time and stylish, which is all we can really ask for in this life.
Available at Samson Men’s Emporium | $275.00

For the person who loves to cook

Columbus State Community College is offering an incredible new series of cooking classes called The Mix. All classes are held in Mitchell Hall’s state-of-the-art facilities and aim to inspired people to feel more comfortable and creative in the kitchen. Plus, whatever they learn, they’ll be able to cook for you. That’s a win. #sponsored
Available at The Mix at CSCC | Prices vary

For the teenage girl that’s hard to buy for

This pair of gold, half-hoop earrings will impress even the toughest of teenage girls. If a pair of gold hoops are good enough for Gretchen Weiners, then they’re good enough for the rest of us.
Available at Thread | $38

For the teenage boy who wants to look cool and be comfortable

You really can’t go wrong with an Homage t-shirt and this one is especially spectacular. NBA Jam was totally my jam back in the day.
Available at Homage | $32

For the loud and proud OSU fan

We all have that one friend. You know, the one who wakes up yelling, “O-H”. If haven’t found the perfect Block-O quite yet, you’re in luck.
Available at Fortin Ironworks | $200

For that lady you love

Whether she’s your bestie or the love your life, she deserves something shiny this holiday season. This adorable necklace is customizable and sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.
Available at Bohindi | $60

For the kids with imagination

I had a play kitchen back in the 90s, but it wasn’t this nice. This Maileg Retro Play Kitchen may be nicer than my actual kitchen. Think of how cute it will look in your kids playroom.
Available at Cub Shrub | $150

For the coffee lover

Just like the Jelly of the Month club, this is the gift that keeps on giving. If you’ve got a coffe lover in your life, grab them a rotating coffee subscription from Florin Coffee. They’ll get a variety of locally roasted and ethically sourced coffee and you’ll get the joy of knowing you brighten all of their mornings.
Available at Florin Coffee | Starting at $18

For the friends who want experiences, not gifts

Photo by Katie Pepple

Host a celebratory dinner for your closest friends at The Kitchen. They have a variety of celebration packages to choose from, ranging from tacos to bourbon pairings. Hang out with your friends, enjoy delicious food and drinks, and spend time in each other’s companies instead of shopping for a present. #sponsored
Available at The Kitchen | Starting at $35/person

For the friend who’s house always smells amazing

Yes, you could just go buy a candle somewhere. But your friends/family/loved ones are worth more than that. Head to The Candle Lab where you can create a custom fragrance.
Available at The Candle Lab | Starting at $17

For the wine friend

I feel like the Wine Lover’s Box is an incredibly versatile gift. It’s got potential to please everyone, from your mother-in-law to your BFF.
Available at The Market Italian Village | $85

For the friend with the sweet tooth, and in-laws in town

Make someone’s day brighter and easier by showing up with pastries. These are the perfect addition to Christmas Brunch with your girlfriends or as a drop off gift to the friend who’s skipping brunch because her family is in town.
Available at Fox in the Snow Cafe | Price varies

For all of the Elsa’s out there

If the cold never bothers them anyway, then they’ll probably appreciate an assorted collection of holiday ice cream from jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Every holiday is easier with ice cream and that’s a fact.
Available at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams | $68

For the friend who’s not afraid to get their hands dirty

I have a lot of creative friends, which can sometimes make gift-giving tricky. That’s where classes come in for me. If you have a Hermione-type in your life who likes to keep learning new things, consider booking pottery classes for them at Bareclay. Or better yet, book classes for both of you so you can experience it together.
Available at Bareclay | Prices vary

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